Statements of Interest IRTP B PDP

Last Updated: 07 September 2010

 


 

Statements of Interest
from the members of the

Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy Part B Policy Development Process (PDP)
Working Group

Working Group Charter
http://gnso.icann.org/issues/transfers/irtp-b-pdp-wg-charter-19aug09-en.htm

 

Simonetta Batteiger - Registrars Stakeholder Group
James Bladel - Registrar
Eric Brown - gTLD Registries
Chris Chaplow - Commercial and Business Users Constituency (CBUC)
Graham Chynoweth - Registrar
Berry Cobb - Commercial and Business Users Constituency (CBUC)
Michael Collins - Individual
Paul Diaz - Registrar
Avri Doria - Nominating Committee Appointee
Kevin Erdman - Intellectual Property Interests Constituency (IPC)
Anil George - Intellectual Property Interests Constituency (IPC)
Rob Golding - Registrar Stakeholder Group
Chuck Gomes - gTLD Registries - GNSO Council Vice Chair - Observer
Oliver Hope - Registrar Stakeholder Group
George Kirikos - Individual - Resigned 18 July 2010
Mark Klein - Registrar
Matt Mansell - Registrar Stakeholder Group
Bob Mountain - Registrar Stakeholder Group
Michele Neylon - Registrar
Mike O'Connor - Commercial and Business Users Constituency (CBUC)
Mike Rodenbaugh - Commercial and Business Users Constituency (CBUC)
Tim Ruiz - Registar
Baudouin Schombe - Non Commercial Users Constituency (NCUC)
Matt Serlin - Registrar Stakeholder Group
Barbara Steele - gTLD Registries
Miriam Trudell - Intellectual Property Interests Constituency (IPC) RESIGNED 10 September 2009
Rudi van Snick - At Large & NCUC & Internet Society (ISOC)

Simonetta Batteiger - Registrars Stakeholder Group

1. Current vocation, employer and position
=> Product Manager – Registrar Channel at Sedo.com LLC

2. Type of work performed in 1 above
=> product management, new product development

3. Identify any financial ownership or senior management/leadership interest in registries, registrars or other firms that are interested parties in ICANN policy or any entity with which ICANN has a transaction, contract, or other arrangement
=> I don't personally have a financial stake in or hold a senior management position at a registry or registrar. Sedo is accredited as a registrar with ICANN and I am employed by Sedo.com LLC. I don't hold a senior management role there and own no shares of the company.

4. Identify any type of commercial interest in ICANN GNSO policy development outcomes. Are you representing other parties?
=> Sedo operates a marketplace for the secure trade and transfer of domain names. I am employed by Sedo.com LLC.

5. Describe any arrangements or agreements between you and any other group, constituency or person(s) regarding your nomination or selection as a work team member.
=> Sedo as a company has business relationships with multiple stakeholders in our industry. I do not personally have any arrangements or agreements with other members of this group. I have not been nominated by any current member of this group.

James Bladel - Registrar

I am a full-time employee of GoDaddy.com, Inc., which is a business unit of The Go Daddy Group, Inc. family of ICANN-accredited registrars. GoDaddy.com is a member of the GNSO Registrars Constituency, and conducts business with numerous gTLD and ccTLD registries.

In my position with GoDaddy.com my focus is the development and promotion of registrar-related business, products, and services.

I am not employed by, nor involved with, any other business or organization in any other ICANN Constituency, Supporting Organization, or Advisory Committee.

Eric Brown - gTLD Registries

1. Current vocation, employer and position:

Neustar, Inc. Director of Product Management - Registry

2. Type of work performed in 1 above:

I manage Neustar’s Registry services and products, including product development and business operations.

3. Identify any financial ownership or senior management/leadership interest in registries, registrars or other firms that are interested parties in ICANN policy or any entity with which ICANN has a transaction, contract, or other arrangement:

Neustar is the domain name registry for .biz and .us as well as the back-end operator for .travel and .tel. I am not in a senior leadership position within the company, however I do own a very small amount of equity. NeuStar does not own or have any interest in any domain name registrar, nor is it involved currently in any constituency within ICANN other than the Registry constituency.

4. Identify any type of commercial interest in ICANN GNSO policy development outcomes. Are you representing other parties?

Other than being a "contracted party" bound by Consensus Policies, as defined in the .biz top-level domain agreement, and pursuing new gTLDs, Neustar does not have any other commercial interest in ICANN GNSO policy development outcomes.

5. Describe any arrangements or agreements between you and any other group, constituency or person(s) regarding your nomination or selection as a work team member.

I currently participate in gTLD constituency, although I am not the official representative from Neustar.

Chris Chaplow - Commercial and Business Users Constituency (CBUC)

1. Current vocation, employer and position:

Founder and Managing Director of regional commercial information portal Andalucia.com and Web Development Company Andalucia Web Solutions based in Estepona, Malaga, Spain.

2. Type of work performed in 1 above:

General Management of the Company business, legal, and finance and operational activities

3. Identify any financial ownership or senior management/leadership interest in registries, registrars or other firms that are interested parties in ICANN policy or any entity with which ICANN has a transaction, contract, or other arrangement:

I have no financial ownership or senior management/leadership interest in registries, registrars or other firms that are interested parties in ICANN policy or any entity with which ICANN has a transaction, contract, or other arrangement:

4. Identify any type of commercial interest in ICANN GNSO policy development outcomes. Are you representing other parties?

My commercial interest in ICANN GNSO policy development outcomes is consistent to any Internet based business.

I register and manage domains on behalf of my clients including defending their IP interests using in the UDRP. I am the contact point for several hundred-domain names. I am briefing clients with respect to cybersquatting and cybersecurity problems. I also update those clients about ICANN and its policies including advising clients who are considering applying for new gTLD's. I am often interviewed and contribute in the local media about Internet and domain name issues affecting business. I represent only myself and my companies and look to defend the interests of small business.

5. Describe any arrangements or agreements between you and any other group, constituency or person(s) regarding your nomination or selection as a work team member.

There are no arrangements or agreements between myself and any other group, constituency or person(s) regarding my selection as a WT member.

I am also a member of the OSC-CCT Work Team and a member of the Business Constituency. I am an elected member of the 'Governing Council' of the 'British Chamber of Commerce in Spain' and therein hold the position of "Communication Officer".

Graham H. Chynoweth - Registrar

1. Current vocation, employer and position:

Attorney, Dynamic Network Services, Inc., General Counsel

2. Type of work performed in 1 above:

Legal, policy, corp. development.

3. Identify any financial ownership or senior management/leadership interest in registries, registrars or other firms that are interested parties in ICANN policy or any entity with which ICANN has a transaction, contract, or other arrangement:

I am a corporate officer of Dynamic Network Services, Inc., an ICANN accredited registrar, which provides easy to use and extremely reliable DNS, email and domain registration services for enterprises, domain name registries, small businesses and home users.

4. Identify any type of commercial interest in ICANN GNSO policy development outcomes. Are you representing other parties?

I am an employee of Dynamic Network Services, Inc., an ICANN accredited registrar, which provides easy to use and extremely reliable DNS, email and domain registration services for enterprises, domain name registries, small businesses and home users. However, my motivation for participating in this effort is to create a better ICANN.

5. Describe any arrangements or agreements between you and any other group, constituency or person(s) regarding your nomination or selection as a work team member.

I do not have any arrangements or agreements with any other group, constituency or person(s) regarding my nomination or selection as a work team member.

Berry Cobb - Commercial and Business Users Constituency (CBUC)

1. The participant's current vocation, employer and position:

Owner of Infinity Portals LLC; a domain portfolio and content management company

2. The type of work performed in the bullet above

Domain portfolio owner and business development of on-line content across social, political, environmental, and information technology channels

3. Identify any financial ownership or senior management/leadership interest in registries, registrars or other entities that are stakeholders or interested parties in ICANN or any entity with which ICANN has a transaction, contract, or other arrangement:

None

4. Identify any type of commercial interest in ICANN GNSO policy development outcomes. Is the participant representing other parties?

I do not represent any other party. My commercial interest is that of my own company and how it responds to policies and changes that affect the marketplace.

5. Describe any arrangements or agreements between the participant and any other group, constituency or person(s) regarding the participant's service as a participant in any ICANN policy making process.

Member of the GNSO - CBUC

Michael Collins - Individual

August 2009
I am self-employed marketing and business consultant.

I have no financial ownership or senior management/leadership interest in registries,registrars or other firms that are interested parties in ICANN policy or any entity with which ICANN has a transaction, contract, or other arrangement:

My only commercial interest in ICANN GNSO policy development outcome is as a registrant. I was previously Internet Commerce Association’s (ICA) representative to the CBUC and have been a representative for Afternic, Inc. to the Registrar Constituency. I currently represent no other party in my ICANN GNSO participation.

I have no arrangements or agreements with any other group, constituency or person(s) regarding my work as team member.

Paul Diaz - Registrar

1. Current vocation, employer and position:

I am a full-time employee of Network Solutions, LLC. Network Solutions also has two affiliated ICANN-accredited registrars, NameSecure L.L.C. and TLDS L.L.C d/b/a SRSplus. All of these entities are owned by global growth equity firm General Atlantic. I currently serve as Network Solutions' Policy & Ethics Manager.

2. Type of work performed in 1 above:

My daily responsibilities include handling ICANN-related issues, corporate advocacy at the federal, state and local levels, and administering the Company's business ethics program.

3. Identify any financial ownership or senior management/leadership interest in registries, registrars or other firms that are interested parties in ICANN policy or any entity with which ICANN has a transaction, contract, or other arrangement:

I have no financial ownership or senior management/leadership interest in Network Solutions, its affiliated registrars, joint venture partners, or in any current registry operator. To the best of my knowledge, I have no ownership interest in any entity that currently has business before the GNSO or ICANN.

4. Identify any type of commercial interest in ICANN GNSO policy development outcomes. Are you representing other parties?

My commercial interest in ICANN GNSO policy development outcomes is focused on their potential impacts on Network Solutions, its affiliated registrars, and its joint venture initiatives.

5. Describe any arrangements or agreements between you and any other group, constituency or person(s) regarding your nomination or selection as a work team member.

Network Solutions is a member of the United States Council for International Business (USCIB), which also participates in the GNSO Business Constituency. Our primary interest in the USCIB is the DNS and Internet Identifiers Working Group. I will be participating in this policy work on behalf of Network Solutions as a registrar.

Avri Doria - Nominating Committee Appointee

http://gnso.icann.org/council/soi/doria-soi-06aug09.html

Kevin Erdman - Intellectual Property Interests Constituency (IPC)
August 2008

I am a partner with the law firm of Baker & Daniels LLP. We represent many corporate domain name owners, including large corporations with branded web sites as well as domain name internet advertisers, most being in the Commercial & Business constituency (although there may be some in the Internet Service & Connection Providers, and Non-Commercial constituencies).

The law firm's representations often include transferring domain names relating to business transactions and litigation (both US Federal Actions, UDRP's, and enforcement actions in non-US jurisdictions).

Other than the above mentioned relationships, I have no known direct involvement with any other ICANN constituency, supporting organization, or advisory committee.

Anil George - Intellectual Property Interests Constituency (IPC)

1. I am an in-house attorney at NBA Properties, Inc., 645 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10022, and am a Senior Intellectual Property Counsel.

2. My responsibilities focus on intellectual property.

3. I do not have any financial ownership or senior management/leadership interest in registries, registrars or other firms that are interested parties in ICANN policy, or any entity with which ICANN has a transaction, contract or other arrangement

4. I do not have any commercial interest in ICANN GNSO policy development outcomes and do not represent other parties with respect to the same.

5. I currently volunteer as a member of the 2008-2009 International Trademark Association (INTA) Internet Committee, Registration Practice & DNS Administration Subcommittee. I volunteered to join the IRTP Part B PDP working group when Claudio Di Gangi of INTA emailed a request for volunteers.

Rob Golding - Registrar Stakeholder Group

1. Current vocation, employer and position

Managing Director Othello Technology Systems Ltd, a UK based DataCentre operator, providing colocation, dedicated servers, email/web hosting and domain registration to primarily EU small business.

2. Type of work performed in 1 above

All the usual Director roles within a growing SME - everything from making strategic decisions to making the coffee. My (current) main daily activities are in the oversight and training of our technical staff handling domain & hosting support, as well as dealing directly with registrar, registry and registrant issues relating to AWOL hosts/designers/resellers/registrars/etc.

3. Identify any financial ownership or senior management/leadership interest in registries, registrars or other firms that are interested parties in ICANN policy or any entity with which ICANN has a transaction, contract, or other arrangement

Shareholder of Othello Technology Systems - an ICANN accredited registrar Member London Internet Exchange (LINX) Member Nominet (the .uk Registry)

4. Identify any type of commercial interest in ICANN GNSO policy development outcomes. Are you representing other parties?

Our commercial interest is in seeing the interests of "ordinary" domain registrants taken care of, as for 15 years, they have been our main customer base - the sole-traders, individuals and unquoted-companies that have adopted internet use into their daily culture and procedures, long before big business discovered what an email address is.

5. Describe any arrangements or agreements between you and any other group, constituency or person(s) regarding your nomination or selection as a work team member.

As someone who deals with the end-users of domain transactions every day, the outcome of this (and related) working groups has a direct bearing on our hand-holding of non-technical domain registrants through the processes of purchase, sale, transfer and management of their domains.

I'm short and blunt - in life as well as discussions - so I'll apologise in advance for any offence caused but not intended.

Chuck Gomes - gTLD Registries - GNSO Council Vice Chair - Observer

http://gnso.icann.org/council/soi/gomes-soi-23dec08.html

Oliver Hope - Registrar Stakeholder Group

1. Current vocation, employer and position

Finance and Operations Director.
Mesh Digital Limited.
A UK based domain name registrar, providing registration services to businesses and consumers globally.

2. Type of work performed in 1 above

Statutory and Management Accounts, Forecasting, KPI's, Budgets. Managing customer service function, contractual and industry compliance.

3. Identify any financial ownership or senior management/leadership interest in registries, registrars or other firms that are interested parties in ICANN policy or any entity with which ICANN has a transaction, contract, or other arrangement

Senior Management role at Mesh Digital Ltd and Domainmonster.com, Inc. Both are ICANN accredited registrars and also accredited registrars in several ccTLD ICANN stakeholders. Mesh Digital Ltd is also a RIPE LIR.

4. Identify any type of commercial interest in ICANN GNSO policy development outcomes. Are you representing other parties?

Our commercial interest is in seeing equal treatment and fair competition across the industry.

5. Describe any arrangements or agreements between you and any other group, constituency or person(s) regarding your nomination or selection as a work team member.

I represent Mesh Digital Ltd as a member of the Registrars Constituency.

George Kirikos - Individual - Resigned 18 July 2010

1. Current vocation, employer and position

I am the president of Leap of Faith Financial Services Inc., a company based in Toronto, Canada.

2. Type of work performed in 1 above

My company owns and develops a number of domain names and websites used by millions of users from all over the world every year. My personal background is in economics and finance.

3. Identify any financial ownership or senior management/leadership interest in registries, registrars or other firms that are interested parties in ICANN policy or any entity with which ICANN has a transaction, contract, or other arrangement

We are also a Registration Service Provider (i.e. reseller) for Tucows/OpenSRS for a small number of clients, although that forms a very tiny part of our overall business.

4. Identify any type of commercial interest in ICANN GNSO policy development outcomes. Are you representing other parties?

We do not represent any other parties. Our commercial interests in ICANN GNSO policy development outcomes would be the normal ones associated with being a commercial website operator and business registrant of domain names. To the extent that any new policies endanger the rights of registrants or impose new burdens on registrants, we would be affected.

5. Describe any arrangements or agreements between you and any other group, constituency or person(s) regarding your nomination or selection as a work team member.

Our participation is for our own behalf. We are a corporate donating member of IP Justice. (IP Justice participates in the Non-Commercial Users Constituency, but we don't represent them, they don't represent us, nor do we necessarily endorse any positions of it or any other
groups) No other arrangements or agreements regarding our participation in this workgroup exist.

Mark Klein - Registrar
August 2008

I am the director of business development for Sedo.com LLC, an ICANN accredited registrar. Sedo provides an online marketplace of domain names and offers it's users the tools needed to buy and sell domains among a community of users stretching around the world, including domain appraisals, brokerage services, promotion and a domain parking program. Sedo is a member of the GNSO Registrar Constituency.

Other than the above mentioned relationship, I have no known direct involvement with any other ICANN constituency, supporting organization, or advisory committee.

Matt Mansell - Registrar Stakeholder Group

1. Current vocation, employer and position
Director, Mesh Digital Ltd, CEO

2. Type of work performed in 1 above
Managerial

3. Identify any financial ownership or senior management/leadership interest in registries, registrars or other firms that are interested parties in ICANN policy or any entity with which ICANN has a transaction, contract, or other arrangement

Shareholder & Director - Mesh Digital Limited & Domainmonster.com, Inc -
Both ICANN Accredited Registrars.

4. Identify any type of commercial interest in ICANN policy development outcomes. Are you representing other parties?
No

5. Describe any arrangements or agreements between you and any other group, constituency or person(s) regarding your nomination or selection as an advisory group team member
None

6. Geographic Region associated with the nationality of volunteer (Africa, North America, Latin America/Caribbean, Asia/Australia/Pacific and Europe)
Europe and North America primarily.

7. Stakeholder Group(s) in which volunteer currently participates within the ICANN organization
Registrar Constituency

Bob Mountain - Registrar Stakeholder Group

1. Current vocation, employer and position

Vice President, Business Development, NameMedia Inc.

2. Type of work performed in 1 above

Developing new and managing existing strategic partnerships.

3. Identify any financial ownership or senior management/leadership interest in registries, registrars or other firms that are interested parties in ICANN policy or any entity with which ICANN has a transaction, contract, or other arrangement

We are an ICANN accredited registrar and I currently own less than 1% of the company.

4. Identify any type of commercial interest in ICANN GNSO policy development outcomes. Are you representing other parties?

As a registrar it is in our interest that our registrants and clients best interests are served by ICANN policy

5. Describe any arrangements or agreements between you and any other group, constituency or person(s) regarding your nomination or selection as a work team member.

N/A.

6. Geographic Region associated with the nationality of volunteer (Africa, North America, Latin America/Caribbean, Asia/Australia/Pacific and Europe)

North American

7. Stakeholder Group(s) in which volunteer currently participates within the ICANN organization

Registrar Stakeholder Group

Michele Neylon - Registrar

1. Current vocation, employer and position:

CEO / Founder Blacknight Internet Solutions Ltd

2. Type of work performed in 1 above:

As we are a small company my role could best be described as "varied", however I would be the primary contact for most policy / legal issues

3. Identify any financial ownership or senior management/leadership interest in registries, registrars or other firms that are interested parties in ICANN policy or any entity with which ICANN has a transaction, contract, or other arrangement:

We are an ICANN accredited registrar.

4. Identify any type of commercial interest in ICANN GNSO policy development outcomes. Are you representing other parties?

As a registrar and hosting provider it is in our interest that our registrants and clients best interests are served by ICANN policy

5. Describe any arrangements or agreements between you and any other group, constituency or person(s) regarding your nomination or selection as a work team member.

N/A.

Mike O'Connor - Commercial and Business Users Constituency (CBUC)

http://www.haven2.com/index.php/icann-statement-of-interest

I am the proprietor of The O'Connor Company of St Paul (a sole proprietorship located in St Paul, MN USA) and am a member of the GNSO Commercial and Business Users Constituency (CBUC).

My company owns a number of generic domain names (eg. bar.com, grill.com, pub.com, place.com, corp.com, shelter.com, cafes.com) and I have a business-owner and domain-registrant's interests in ICANN activities. This includes my interest in the security, speed and quality of the domain-transfer process.

Mike Rodenbaugh - Commercial and Business Users Constituency (CBUC)

http://gnso.icann.org/council/soi/rodenbaugh-soi-09jul08.html

Tim Ruiz - Registrar

http://gnso.icann.org/council/soi/ruiz-soi-12feb08.html

Baudouin Schombe - Non Commercial Users Constituency (NCUC)

Matt Serlin - Registrar Stakeholder Group

I am the Director of Operations and Product Management at MarkMonitor, Inc. an ICANN accredited registrar.

MarkMonitor is a global enterprise brand protection company offering Anti-Phishing Solutions, Corporate Domain Registration Services and Online Trademark Protection.

MarkMonitor is a member of the Intellectual Property Stakeholder Group and a member of the Registrar Stakeholder Group.
I serve as MarkMonitor's voting representative to the Registrar Stakeholder Group.

I am not an officer, director, consultant or employee of any other member of this stakeholder group or any other ICANN Stakeholder Group.

I am not in possession of any registry proprietary or sensitive information, nor have I ever been. I am not an officer, director, consultant or employee of any other member of this stakeholder group or any other ICANN stakeholder group.

Barbara Steele - gTLD Registries

I am Director of Policy and the Compliance Officer for VeriSign, Inc. VeriSign is the registry operator for the .com, .net and .name gTLDs and also provides backend registry services in support of Employ Media for the .jobs gTLD. VeriSign is also the registry operator for two ccTLDs, .cc for the Cocos and Keelings Islands and .tv for Tuvalu.

As an employee who supports VeriSign's naming services business, I often have access to registry sensitive information including information about registrars. Specific responsibilities include managing the team that is responsible for processing level 1 disputes filed by ICANN accredited registrars under the Transfer Dispute Resolution Policy. With regard to both our gTLD and ccTLD registration services businesses, as well as other VeriSign businesses, our customers and business associates have interests in various ICANN policy issues and may be members of other GNSO constituencies and/or supporting organizations.

In addition to Registry Agreements with ICANN for .com and .net, VeriSign also has obligations to the U.S. Department of Commerce through a cooperative agreement that was initiated in 1993 and has been amended many times since then. Those obligations include providing the A and J root servers as well as support to ICANN in implementing changes in the root zone file. As such, VeriSign is a member of the DNS Root Server System Advisory Committee and also works closely with IANA staff in the processing of root zone changes.

VeriSign is a member of the gTLD Registry Constituency(RyC). I will be representing the views of the RyC, as applicable, not my own or VeriSign's. Inthat regard, I will endeavor to always qualify any personal statements as such and will follow-up with the RyC to obtain their position.

I own shares of VeriSign stock, hold options to purchase additional shares, and have restricted stock units (RSUs) that will vest over time. However, the number of shares I currently own, plus the potential shares I could possibly own if I exercised all options, is diminutive relative to the total number of VeriSign shares.

Miriam Trudell - Intellectual Property Interests Constituency (IPC) RESIGNED 10 September 2009

1. I am currently a shareholder/partner attorney with the law firm of Sheridan Ross P.C., in Denver, Colorado

2. I work in the area of trademarks, copyrights, Internet law and domain name law. I have worked in this area of the law for 11 years.

3. I do not have any financial ownership or senior management/leadership interest in registries, registrars or other firms that are interested parties in ICANN policy, or any entity with which ICANN has a transaction, contract or other arrangement

4. I do not have any commercial interest in ICANN GNSO policy development outcomes, and am not currently representing other parties with respect to the same.

5. I became involved with this IRTP Part B PDP working group as a result of my current involvement with INTA, as part of the 2008-2009 Committee Team of the Internet Committee, Whois Subcommittee, and a request from Claudio Di Gangi for volunteers.

Rudi van Snick - At Large & NCUC & Internet Society (ISOC)

1. Current vocation, employer and position:

Self-employed, partner in a few companies, president of several organisations such as ISOC Belgium, TIK ...

2. Type of work performed in 1 above:

ICT consultancy, specialized in Internet (webservices, domain names, etc)

3. Identify any financial ownership or senior management/leadership interest in registries, registrars or other firms that are interested parties in ICANN policy or any entity with which ICANN has a transaction, contract, or other arrangement:

Being involved in a webservice company, registrar for .be and .eu, involved in the process of definition of new GTLD's (.vlaanderen, .health).

4. Identify any type of commercial interest in ICANN GNSO policy development outcomes. Are you representing other parties?

As ALS (ISOC Belgium) I'm involved in ALAC as a board member of Euralo, in Belgium we are more specifically interested in the process of relationship between registry - registrar and registrant.

5. Describe any arrangements or agreements between you and any other group, constituency or person(s) regarding your nomination or selection as a work team member.

Being member of NCUC and ALAC - EURALO board member.